(Closed) Moving: What Are Our "Essentials"?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
11270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@new york bride 13:  i have done a move like this.  i packed a suitcase as i would normally for a week away (clothes, shoes, makeup, toiletries) PLUS another suitcase with a few hand towels, bath towels, sheets, blanket, pillows, teatowels, dishcloths.  i used a bunch of those vacuum bags for the pillows, blankets, etc.  they worked great and i saved a lot of space.  i also had a queen sized blowup mattress bed that folds up.  i used paper plates and plastic cutlery until my stuff arrived.

good luck with your move.

Post # 4
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@new york bride 13:  I would be paranoid with all the horror stories I’ve read about moving companies so I’d definitely pack my most valuable items (jewelery, passports, important docs) in the car and obviously take care that the car isn’t broken into/stolen or you have these items on you at all times. 

I’d buy a bunch of snacks you can take for the trip so you’re not constantly stopping at places to eat. Stuff like beef jerky, chocolate bars, granola bars, bottled water etc.

Post # 5
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

This is like packing for aweek at the beach lol.  The only other thing I can think of is, rolling up a shower curtain and bathmat sticking it in a garbage bag with TP(that way you have a garbage bag right off and you can take a shower with out flooding the new place). 

Post # 8
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

There are also the things that you can buy if you want or just pack.  Shower curtain, TP, hand soap, etc.

You also might want cleaning supplies before your stuff shows up.

Post # 9
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@new york bride 13:  Also, maybe a few  kitchen items if you don’t want to eat out until your stuff arrives.

Like maybe a pan, a knife, can opener, cutting board etc. so you can just buy groceries and make something really simple.

Post # 10
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We did this last year, cross-country with pets in the car!  I’m not going to lie, our car was stuffed to the max, but I really don’t know what I personally could have done without the stuff we had with us.

Here’s what was in the car with us:

Clothes for a couple of weeks in case of delays with the movers, plus towels!

Pet food, supplies, toys, carriers

Cleaning supplies for when we arrived – paper towels, windex, dawn dishsoap, garbage bags, dishclothes, handsoap  (obviously you could just buy this new when you arrive, but it was nice to have essentials with us and I hate to re-buy stuff I already had)

I brought 4 place settings of plates, cups and cutlery because I can’t stand paper plates.  It barely took any room and felt so nice to eat off real plates in our new place.

Paranoid as I am, I insisted on bringing all our family photos in the car with us.  If anyone was going to lose them or destroy them, I rather it be me than some moving company.  We also brought jewelry and important papers like social security cards, passports, birth certificates, etc. in the car with us.

Inflatable mattress and sheets and our pillows. Plus a thinner comforter that rolled up nicely in the car.

This may be overkill to others, but to us it was essential… our computers.  Both mine and his.  We live on our computers and we watched all kinds of movies on them while we were without tv or furniture.  Had one set up in the bedroom as our makeshift ‘tv’ and it was great even before we got the internet hooked up.


You don’t have to be as packrat-y as me, but it made it very nice on the other end of the trip.  Oh, and obviously pack some snacks for the car so you don’t spend a fortune on crap food every day. We bought a big jug of water at the grocery store for $1 and it was great for the road.


edited to add:  we packed a very, very makeshift kitchen set up.  one pan, one spatula, one cutting board, one very sharp knife.

Post # 11
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Oh, if your place doesn’t have window coverings, bedsheets or even garbage bags and tape to cover at least a window or two.

Post # 12
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d take a laptop with you too.  Having a computer comes in handy.

Oh – and if you guys have any of those sports chairs, I’d pack a couple so you have something to sit on besides the floor until all of your other stuff arrives.

Post # 13
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I suggest going through your day and make a list of everything you touch or use.  From there, scratch out the things you can live without, and after that you have your list of things you need.

Post # 15
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We moved from LA To MN in July, with our two cats. We were told our stuff might take up to two weeks.

I’m notorious for overpacking… Smartest thing I did was to have a standard outfit of same shorts and tank tops with flip flops. I allowed myself one nice pair of shoes, hiking shoes, and an alternate pair of flips. Translated into march weather gear, depending on where you’re going- I’d wear yoga pants and a baby thermal for driving.

Also, see if any of the hotels you’re staying at have washer dryers… The one we stayed at on our final driving night did, and I was able to wash the shorts I wore for three days straight! Gross, I know.

We also planned our meals out by checking restaurants around the area of our hotels, I can’t go hungry. For snacks, we did protein bars and nuts. easy and filling.

Best thing I brought that I thought we didn’t need- a whole pack of paper towels and our hand held dyson… Came in handy when FH was driving and noticed a beetle hitched a ride on his shorts…

Take pics.


Post # 16
886 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We just moved a little over a month ago. What I wouldn’t have given to have had a couple of pens in my purse! Also, obviously, easy access to box cutter or other way to open boxes, aaaaand, the obvious, things like toilet paper, cleaners and paper towels so that when you get to your new place you have a few basic necessities (unless you plan on buying these things right away, but when nature calls…). I think what you need really depends on what you expect to find when you get there, for example the window coverings someone else suggested. Good luck!

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